Fine Gael Senator John Cummins has described the news that proposals have been finalised between the Department of Social Protection and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to bring an end to the longstanding issues surrounding community employment supervisors and assistant supervisors as a “hugely significant step”.
Senator Cummins said “This was a big issue during the last general election and I have been engaged with colleagues across government over the past 12 months seeking to bring about change in this area. I was delighted therefore to be informed on Saturday evening by my colleague Minister Heather Humphrey’s that she has finalised proposals aimed at resolving the longstanding issues surrounding Community Employment Supervisors & Assistant Supervisors”.
He added “I have not been briefed on the detail of the proposals as it is only right that the department first briefs Trade Union Representatives which I understand will take place today (Monday) and they will convey the proposals to their members”.
“Community Employment schemes provide invaluable training and support to communities across the country. They have a key role in labour activisation and in many cases have continued operations throughout the pandemic.
Senator Cummins concluded by saying “The issues surrounding pension claims for supervisors and assistant supervisors have been ongoing for far too long. CE Supervisors and Assistant supervisors have been very dignified and patient in relation to these matters and I am very hopeful these proposals will lead to a successful conclusion”.